Swettt Ranch - Visiting Swett Ranch

Swett Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of an early pioneer homestead. Oscar Swett homesteaded the family’s original claim in 1909 accumulating additional acreage over the next fifty-eight years. Oscar and his wife Emma raised nine children surrounded by only a few neighbors and the resources of the forest. The family operated the ranch by man and horsepower, long after trucks and tractors were available. Oscar used native logs and lumber in construction of buildings and fences. The majority of the structures remain in the original location.

Swett Ranch is situated on the marginal benches of the Uinta Mountains near picturesque Red Canyon and Lake Flaming Gorge. Ponderosas and aspen surround the open meadows of the ranch making this a popular area for wildlife. The ranch is open daily to the public from 10 AM to 5 PM, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Volunteers are on site to give interpretive tours or you may explore the ranch on your own. Please do not remove or vandalize any historic objects as they are protected by law. For more information on visiting Swett Ranch please contact the Ashley National Forest at 435-789-1181.

Swett Ranch house and cabins. View east of southern field and corral. Milking barn, granary and other buildings in the background.

Swett Ranch house and cabins.

 

View east of southern field and corral. Milking barn, granary and other buildings in the background.

View east of southern field and corral. Milking barn, granary and other buildings in the background.  

Northern pasture, cow barn, and calf shelter at Swett Ranch during late spring. Flaming Gorge Reservoir in backgound.

 




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